November 25, 2017 / 4:56 PM / in 20 days

France win doubles move 2-1 ahead in Davis Cup final

LILLE, France (Reuters) - France moved one step closer to a 10th Davis Cup title when Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert beat Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore 6-1 3-6 7-6(2) 6-4 to give the hosts a 2-1 lead in the final against neighbors Belgium on Saturday.

Tennis - Davis Cup Final - France vs Belgium - Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille, France - November 25, 2017 France's Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert shake the hands of Belgium's Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore after their doubles match REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

The French pair, in their first competitive match together, were down a break in the third set when Bemelmans suffered a meltdown, allowing Les Bleus to turn the situation around.

David Goffin put the visitors ahead by beating Lucas Pouille in the opening singles before Jo-Wilfried Tsonga leveled for 1-1 when he defeated Steve Darcis in the second singles on Friday.

Tsonga and Goffin face off in the first reverse singles on Sunday.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Rex Gowar

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